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Comment: Re: Hmm (Score 1) 295

by TheGavster (#47375709) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

In the short term, that analysis may be correct, however for work that is both skilled and dangerous you need to factor in how difficult it will be to find a replacement technician after it becomes known that you let the last one perish. There is additionally the external cost of reduced effectiveness from the management team who would need to work through the emotional impact of watching someone die when they could have helped. Economics can model much more than the actual dollars ;)

Comment: Re:Do people even know the ban has been lifted? (Score 1) 128

by TheGavster (#47373027) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

This is actually the first real word I'd seen on it. I flew back in May and remember not hearing a notice when we crossed 10k feet that we could use devices, but just figured that I'd missed it. The cool part to watch out the windows is under 10k anyway :P

Comment: Re:Gilbert U238 atomic energy lab was a "kids toy" (Score 2) 268

by TheGavster (#47340577) Attached to: That Toy Is Now a Drone

The largest hazard with that set seems to be swallowing the parts, in that in addition to potentially choking on small parts, some would sicken or kill you if you managed to choke them down. For mature children though, looks like a cool toy to use under supervision (for educational guidance in addition to safety).

The real problem with that thing seems to be that it was quite expensive, and even more expensive to produce (the company lost money on every unit).

Comment: Re:Sudden outbreak of common sense (Score 3, Informative) 276

by TheGavster (#47311203) Attached to: Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Entries in the no-fly list are sufficiently bare of details that by the law of large numbers, most of the entries probably apply to a US citizen somewhere, even if the entry was added for a specific non-citizen. Hence why there are periodic stories of family vacations stopped by the US Government accusing 3 year olds of terrorist sympathies and soldiers recently returned from duty of being the enemy they were just engaged with.

Comment: Re:Magazines still exist? (Score 1) 105

by TheGavster (#47277989) Attached to: After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

This. Particularly since many print magazines don't print the numbers on a surprising number of pages (ads, the first page or spread of an article, on infographics ...) so there isn't even an easy way to seek to the continuation.

The web has invented its version as well, though, with what would be a six-inch newspaper article spread across 3 pages. "one page view" is now a subscriber-only feature :/

Comment: Re:Thermodynamically Impossible (Score 1) 311

by TheGavster (#47135391) Attached to: Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

Solar powered melting devices have two advantages over blacktop from a thermodynamic perspective:
- Blacktop conducts part of the collected heat into the ground, whereas solar collection could hypothetically collect the energy before it gets to the ground, leaving more available to radiate back upward.
- When it isn't snowing, blacktop still radiates into the air above it. These devices could store energy to be released only when it's actually snowing.

That said, implementing these devices as anything other than a billionaire's ruinously expensive driveway seems impractical. The actual devices would be absurdly expensive to produce in that quantity with the amount of semiconductor fabrication and precision assembly. Ignoring materials, installation would cost much more than a normal highway, since this essentially combines the labor-intensiveness of a cobblestone road with the specialized labor requirements of a hardwood floor. Lastly, that energy storage mechanism that makes it remotely feasible would be similar to replacing the fuel tanks at every gas station with the batteries of a Tesla charging station.

Comment: Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 178

by TheGavster (#46853525) Attached to: DOJ Complains About Getting a Warrant To Search Mobile Phones

The moment an officer realizes there's evidence in a home is often the exact same moment the perp realizes they need to get rid of said evidence. If the officer has to go get a warrant, that gives the suspect plenty of time to destroy the evidence.

Yeah, phone is really the only noun that fits in that hypothesis, so their point for a special case is totally justified

Comment: Re:Boo Fucking Hoo (Score 3, Insightful) 178

by TheGavster (#46853511) Attached to: DOJ Complains About Getting a Warrant To Search Mobile Phones

The police are allowed to search your phone, your papers, your home, anything, once they go to a judge, present their case, and receive authorization. The person whose property is being searched has no voice in this case, and in fact isn't even necessarily aware it is being made until they are presented with the warrant. It's literally the most trivial of checks and balances, provided you actually do have a need to search that single individual's property. The goal of these warrantless search rules is to allow dragnet searches of EVERYONE's property.

Think of a warrant as similar to those "hash cash" anti-spam concepts: It's really easy to do if you have a single email that you want to send, but if you're looking to send 100k indiscriminate spam messages, it's going to slow you down.

Comment: Re:Good? (Score 3, Insightful) 510

by TheGavster (#46710065) Attached to: How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

I don't think that allowing parents to select their child's traits will ever lead to "clones"; things like Down's syndrome get weeded out in 90% of cases because it's a horribly debilitating condition ensuring that parent nor offspring will never live a normal life. Physical traits, though, are in the eye of the beholder: one person making a designer baby to their idea of beauty will result in a totally different set of traits than another.

Comment: Re:Airbnb profiting on illegal activity (Score 5, Insightful) 319

by TheGavster (#46689613) Attached to: SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Generally when municipalities go after micro-rental users (particularly en masse), it's not to enforce the main tenants' leases, but to enforce hotel taxes. A reasonable analysis would say it's a typical case of a private citizen unwittingly crossing the line into small business, a cynical one would say that real hotels lobby for these taxes and push for their enforcement to inflate hotel rates.

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